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jkids210  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, August 03, 2010 1:03:38 AM(UTC)
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I was recently granted a secret clearance on March 2010 with a NACLC. In May 2010 a ANACI was open. What is the difference between the two and why was a ANACI started after I was just granted a clearance? Nothing has happened to me, credit is fine and no run in with the law. Thanks.

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jhennessey  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, August 03, 2010 1:54:42 AM(UTC)
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Dear jkids210,
 
a NACLC (National Agency Check, Local Agency Checks, Credit Checks) are for Secret level clearances, issue for Govt contractor personnel & members of the military.
 
a ANACI (Access National Agency Check with Inquiries), is an investigation for new federal employee/applicants. ANACI include the same components of a NACLC, with additional inquiries sent to employers, schools, references.
Jim Hennessey<br />Leesburg, VA<br />Federal Background Investigator (Ret.)<br />Security Clearance Consultant
guo22  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, August 03, 2010 2:02:20 AM(UTC)
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jhennessey wrote:
Dear jkids210,
 
a NACLC (National Agency Check, Local Agency Checks, Credit Checks) are for Secret level clearances, issue for Govt contractor personnel & members of the military.
 
a ANACI (Access National Agency Check with Inquiries), is an investigation for new federal employee/applicants. ANACI include the same components of a NACLC, with additional inquiries sent to employers, schools, references.


Quick question.

Do either of these investigation types require the BI to call up former employers, references, contacts, etc. and interview them? or does the BI simply send written inquires to these individuals and then analyze their responses?
jhennessey  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, August 03, 2010 3:06:33 AM(UTC)
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Dear guo22,
 
usually these inquires are done via (written) correspondences sent from FIPC (Federal Investigations Process Center) located at OPM-FISD in Boyers, PA.
 
FIPC personnel (not field agents) send out these inquiries automatically.
 
Generally, the work needed for a NACLC can & is done electronically through linkages (databases, computers, etc., checks with various federal agencies, credit checks, law checks, etc.,) , for ANACI's schools, employers, references are sent letters.
 
If adverse information is involved, FIPC can direct the field (Investigators or field support) to conduct whatever field work, to include interviewing the applicant for explaination.
Jim Hennessey<br />Leesburg, VA<br />Federal Background Investigator (Ret.)<br />Security Clearance Consultant
guo22  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, August 03, 2010 3:09:12 AM(UTC)
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Thanks Mr H!
jkids210  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, August 03, 2010 5:42:28 AM(UTC)
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Mr jhennessey,

Since I just had a NACLC done in Mar 2010, will the ANACI mirror up with the NACLC or will there be a complete different BI? Thank you.
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jhennessey  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, August 03, 2010 6:22:11 AM(UTC)
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Dear jkids210,
 
 
not sure if they would, makes sense that they would mirror it up (use that new NACLC), so they probably won't.
 
But, in any event, a (no-issue) NACLC can be completed pretty quickly, since it is all online (don't ask how fast).
 
It is the Inquiry Letters (to employers, schools, references) that take time.
 
Govt can't control why references (yes, your very own listed friends, etc) will greatly delay or "forget" to return the inquiry form sent to them (with a stamped return envelope), making it that much longer a wait for you, that happens all the time. 
Jim Hennessey<br />Leesburg, VA<br />Federal Background Investigator (Ret.)<br />Security Clearance Consultant
jkids210  
#8 Posted : Tuesday, August 03, 2010 1:10:59 PM(UTC)
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Thank you for the reply, Mr Hennessey. Does this mean once the ANACI BI completes, that I will have two security clearances? A NACLC Secret and a ANACI Secret clearance?
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~ <br />Thomas A. Edison
jhennessey  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, August 03, 2010 10:07:30 PM(UTC)
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Dear jkids210,
 
you will not have 2 (or more) secuirty clearances "active" at the same time.
 
If you get an ANACI for your new federal employeee position, your NACLC Secret will (in a sense) be put on the back-burner (Administratively downgraded or withdrawn).
 
A secuirty clearance remains in force until the individual granted that clearance leaves the position for which the clearance was needed.
 
So, in a nutshell, now that you are getting an ANACI (Secret level) for a new federal employee, that will be entered into the clearance database (either the CVS or JPAS or both and are usually link to one-another).
 
Your investigative history, other clearance information, etc., will also be in the databases.
 
Authorized security folks can access that for you (FSO & federal security depts).
 

You are being asked to submit a new application form because you are a candidate for federal employment, not because your current Secret clearance is not good enough for the gaining federal agency.

 
Your Secret clearance was based on an NACLC. The minimum federal employment suitability investigation is an NACI. The NACI contains investigative components that are not present in an NACLC. Therefore an NACLC is not good enough for employment suitability purposes. The gaining agency can have you submit an SF86 and conduct an ANACI, which can be used as the basis for both employment suitability and secret clearance determinations.
 
Or they can have you submit an SF85 and conduct an NACI (National Agency Check, Inquiries), which will only satisfy the employment suitability requirement, and concurrently accept the Secret (NACLC) clearance you already have.
 
Hopefully anyway.
Jim Hennessey<br />Leesburg, VA<br />Federal Background Investigator (Ret.)<br />Security Clearance Consultant
jkids210  
#10 Posted : Sunday, August 08, 2010 2:41:01 PM(UTC)
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Mr. Hennessey,
 
Thank you for your response. If the references do not return the form, how long will OPM wait before moving on with the BI or will they call the references? TIA.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~ <br />Thomas A. Edison
jhennessey  
#11 Posted : Sunday, August 08, 2010 10:23:29 PM(UTC)
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Dear jkids210,
 
not sure how long OPM will wait for a response.
 
What is TIA ?
Jim Hennessey<br />Leesburg, VA<br />Federal Background Investigator (Ret.)<br />Security Clearance Consultant
jkids210  
#12 Posted : Monday, August 09, 2010 1:33:02 PM(UTC)
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Mr. Hennessey,
 
TIA= Thanks in advance.
 
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